Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
422 Reviews
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422 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 52 reviews)

  • Monsanto takes care of their employees from the standpoint of excellent pay and benefits (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 32 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Excellent place to start your career, get to learn a lot.
    Great Work life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    Not for the ambitious and career oriented professionals. Will have to be a part of the office politics to move up the ladder. Undeserving candidates get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more able leadership. Weed out the non-performing folks and promote the deserving one's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting but dull

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Access to a lot of interesting information and insights

    Cons

    Lack of any real enthusiasm about the world as an intelligent ecosystem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin to see yourselves as something more than automatons chasing dollars and inventing markets that no one wants or needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great place for trying new things and working across cultures and departments

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biotechnology Lead in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Biotechnology Lead in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Monsanto has a very good workplace culture. There are plenty of opportunities to try new areas and work with people across different areas of the business, and living or from different parts of the world. It's a true global and diverse workforce.

    Cons

    While there is a lot of movement between roles that can be a pro as well as a con. Yes, there are plenty of chances to try new things, but its also challenging to maintain the continuity with projects. Monsanto also has a very forgiving policy towards people, I rarely see people forced to leave the company, but that also means having to manage around incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a great company though the technology strategy can seem unfocused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    ESH technician

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESH Technician
    Former Employee - ESH Technician

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, promote personal development and networking across org. Great benefits and pay was competitive.

    Cons

    Some smaller locations lack the buy in needed to exude the true values of Monsanto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time developing the remote locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work-life balance
    low stress (depends on the project)
    communication between upper and lower management is very good
    lots of fun activities

    Cons

    nothing to report at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work for those who have what it takes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The challenges of the work, great people, good opportunities to grow as a person and a professional, amazing benefits, closed over Christmas, summer hours

    Cons

    work life balance can be skewed, resourcing in some areas a huge issue, communication can be challenging as some of Monsanto's functional areas operate as silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    middle leadership needs to better communicate the LRP or vision for their areas and need to execute the hard decisions quickly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Monsanto has multiple divisions, there are research and commercial divisions, its fun working for the research division

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Senior in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Senior in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A very different domain and its interesting challenges, usually you don't get to work with representation of genes and their expressions in plants, how to track and predict them etc. Technically a lot of tools to play with, whatever it takes attitude among most of people.

    Cons

    Even though its internal facing apps in research divisions, there is always some kind of work issue that no one thought of, so a lot of production emergencies and challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better longer term vision of where the apps will be in, especially in IT, might guide many people and strategies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists and researcher collaborating to make a difference in the global market. Great organization to work for, you are allowed to voice your opinions and concerns and have them heard and addressed. Diverse workforce with great opportunities for growth and leadership and many different arenas. Team oriented environment where learning is encouraged and rewarded.

    Cons

    The pressure is always on. You don't have the best work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Opportunity and Growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Farmer City, IL
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Farmer City, IL

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up as the company grows each year.

    Cons

    Work hours vary by season

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Company, but work life balance is failing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is good. The company is very innovative and generally stays ahead of the curve.

    Cons

    Many initiatives (leaders trying to leave their "mark") have added non-value added work and the work life balance is suffering as a result...50-60 hr weeks are becoming the expectation. You need to be willing to relocate to in order to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to reduce non-value added work even if it means potentially admitting that a past idea was a poor one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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